Friday 24 November 2017

dramatic comeback: three star turns

Paul Whitington

Bernie (2011)

Richard Linklater's overlooked comic drama is based on a true story and stars Jack Black as a much-loved smalltown Texas mortician called Bernie who murders an obnoxious widow, but McConaughey is brilliant as the infuriated prosecuting attorney who can't get anyone to say a bad word about the killer.

Magic Mike (2012)

Matthew really got to let his hair down in Steven Soderbergh's excellent drama based on co-star Channing Tatum's early experiences as a male stripper. McConaughey was terrific fun as Dallas, the corrupt and loquacious owner of a Florida male strip club whose outrageous routines are the stuff of nightmares.

Mud (2012)

There's always been a touch of the southern preacher about McConaughey's acting, and never more so than in Jeff Nichols's haunting drama Mud, in which he plays a homeless drifter who forms an unlikely bond with a young boy along the muddy banks of the Mississippi River.

Irish Independent

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